Live in Arizona? Don’t Turn Your Clocks Back!

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Do you know why Arizona doesn’t use Daylight Savings Time? Here’s why not from

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On Sunday, Nov. 4, at a time you will not arise to mark, the rest of the country rejoins a place Arizona never left: the land of standard time.

Daylight-saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. with the vast majority of Americans rolling back the clock to regain that hour they lost in March. Only Arizona and Hawaii will sleep soundly knowing that change (of time) isn’t always for the better.

(Side note: The Navajo Reservation in Arizona does observe daylight-saving time and, like most everyone else, will have an extra hour to do whatever it wants.)

This year, Arizona celebrated its 50th anniversary of shunning daylight-saving time. In 1968, the state Legislature voted to opt out of the Uniform Time Act that mandated daylight-saving time, a move that pushed sunset to a later hour. That was just not going to fly in a state where triple digits go on for months and residents wake up rooting for sunset.

How daylight-saving time affects Arizona

• Arizona will be two hours behind New York, one hour behind Chicago and even with our Mountain Standard Time brethren in Denver. We’ll be an hour ahead of Los Angeles, which seems right.

• Sporting events outside Arizona will start an hour later, meaning a later bedtime for Monday Night Football fans, assuming the game is worth watching.

• Shows will start later on some cable TV networks. AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” for example, lurches to 10 p.m. Sundays, making it less likely your 10-year-old will be able to stay up to watch a show completely inappropriate for her.

• The clock change does not affect the basic physics of Earth’s orbit around the sun, so sunrise and sunset will remain on the same schedule as the last few billion years.